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GHG Regulation of Existing Power Plants Under the Clean Air Act: What Is It and How Will It Work?

KEYWORDS: GREENHOUSE GASES, NARUC, JASON GRUMET, JENNIFER MACEDONIA, CLEAN AIR ACT, 111(D) REGULATIONS, HEATHER ZICHAL

WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET

WHERE: Grand Hyatt (Constitution A/B), 1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001

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President Obama highlighted power plant greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation as a key feature of his Climate Action Plan and directed EPA to issue final regulations for the existing fleet of power plants by June 2015. These regulations will raise a variety of policy and technical issues and will provide opportunities for different approaches to be used by states, which will have a critical role in implementation. To advance constructive dialogue on these new regulations, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Energy Project, along with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), is convening a series of workshops in the coming months.

The first workshop provided an overview of the context, precedent, and contours of the future GHG regulation of existing power plants. The workshop featured experts and key stakeholders who shared views on the potential form, contents, and challenges of EPA guidance to states regarding performance standards that represent the “best system of emission reduction” for existing power plants. The event also offered an opportunity to discuss possible state options for implementing the emission reduction requirements.


Agenda

11:30-12:00
Registration and Lunch

12:00-12:15
Welcome
Jason Grumet, BPC President

12:15-12:45
Keynote: Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change

12:45-1:00
Context and Overview of GHG Regulation
Jennifer Macedonia, Senior Advisor, BPC (view slides)

1:00-2:10 
GHG Regulation: Framing the Challenges and Opportunities
Moderator: Senator Byron Dorgan (Ret.), Senior Fellow, BPC

  • Kimberly Greene, President & CEO, Southern Company Services, Inc
  • Steven Corneli, Senior Vice President, NRG Energy
  • David Doniger, Policy Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, NRDC
  • Ellen Anderson, Senior Advisor to Governor on Energy & Environment, Minnesota

Audience Question & Answer

2:15-3:30
Contours of §111d Regulation
Moderator: Joe Kruger, Director for Energy and the Environment, BPC

§111d Process and Precedent – Kyle Danish, Van Ness Feldman (view slides)
Key Questions for Stakeholders – Joseph Goffman, Senior Counsel to the Assistant Administrator, USEPA (view slides)

Discussants:

  • G. Vinson Hellwig, Air Division Chief, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Chuck D. Barlow, Vice President, Environmental Strategy & Policy, Entergy Services, Inc.
  • Megan Ceronsky, Attorney, EDF

Audience Question & Answer

3:30-3:40
Break

3:40-4:40
State and Regional Considerations
Moderator: Hon. Philip Jones (WA), NARUC President

  • Vicki Arroyo, Executive Director, Georgetown Climate Center (view slides)
  • Hon. Robert Kenney (MO), Chair, NARUC Committee on Energy Resources & Environment
  • John Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Climate Policy, Kentucky
  • Melissa Lavinson, Vice President of Federal Affairs, PG&E (view slides)

Audience Question and Answer

4:40-5:00
Next Steps and Closing Remarks

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